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Fort Rucker Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Look forward to hot summers and mild winters when you live and work in Fort Rucker. The installation, home of Army Aviation, covers 63,000 acres of southeast Alabama countryside, in an area known as Wiregrass. The humid, subtropical summer temperatures can be brutal in the south but winter temperatures rarely go below freezing so you’ll have plenty of days to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Because climate conditions can sometimes become dangerous at Fort Rucker, hurricane warnings and other weather alerts are communicated through alerts from Ready Alabama or Ready Army. Register with the alert systems to receive email, text messages, and phone alerts at work or home when the area is experiencing an emergency or serious incident. Get help putting together an emergency kit and preparing for what to do if disaster strikes.
The following are examples of what you can expect each season:
High temps: Low 70s to Mid 80s
Low temps: Low 40s to High 60s
Rain falls throughout the year but spring (and specifically March) is when it’s the wettest. Rain and thunderstorms are a common occurrence at this time of year so don’t forget to have an umbrella handy. When it’s not raining, the temperatures are pleasant, trending on the warm side. This is the perfect time of year to go on an outdoor adventure. Just about an hour from Fort Rucker, across state lines in Florida, you’ll find one of the few underground caverns that provides tours where you don’t need special equipment. The Florida Caverns State Park is also great for hiking, fishing, and camping.
High temps: Low 80s to High 90s
Low temps: Low 60s to Mid 70s
It’s hot and muggy in southeast Alabama throughout June, July and August. Daytime temps in the summer months peak around the mid-90s and humidity can be stifling. The warmest months in the area are July and August when the average highs are in the mid-90s. Make sure to dress in light, flowy, breathable clothing (cotton is your friend) during the hot and humid summer days. Head to one of the installation’s pools or spray park during your off time to get some relief from the heat. Or beat the heat at the Gulf of Mexico, just 90 or so miles away. Panama City Beach has cooler temps and plenty to do.
High temps: Mid 60s to High 80s
Low temps: Low 40s to High 60s
Rain starts becoming more infrequent during this season. This is the time of year when it’s ideal to get out and take advantage of all of the outdoor activities that were too hot to appreciate during the summer. Temperatures are still on the warmer side but it’s much more pleasant, especially in October. Although you’ll want to dress in layers to stay prepared for sudden temp drops when the sun goes down. Take a staycation at Lake Tholocco Lodging where you’ll be close to post but feel like a world away. Enjoy the wilderness from the front porch, complete with rockers.
High temps: Low 50s to Mid 70s
Low temps: Low 30s to Mid 40s
As you would expect, the lowest temperatures of the year are during the winter months. You’ll want to bring out your heavy sweaters and coats for the next couple of months. Mornings are chilly with some days experiencing frost and afternoons can creep up to the 70s so you’ll want to be prepared with layered clothing. Alabama very rarely sees snow but you can expect some rain and a lot of wind during the winter months. Indoor activities are ideal like bowling, racquetball, and swimming at the PFC indoor pool, or venture outside for a brisk hike through one of the trails near Fort Rucker.
Field and Training Expectations
The Fort Rucker Range Operations Branch controls over 44,000 acres of training lands and nearly 14,000 acres of impact area. This includes 20 live fire ranges, two tactical training bases, two urban operations sites, two leadership reaction courses, a CBRN training facility, three land navigation courses, the Aviation Gunnery Range Complex, and various bivouac and FTX sites. The Aviation Gunnery Range Complex has 31 hover fire pads and 3 close combat attack run and dive firing lanes. Visit the Exchange or Military Clothing to make sure you’re probably outfitted for the type of training you’ll be doing.
Soldiers at Fort Rucker can expect to train in a variety of weather conditions. Therefore, a range of uniforms and clothing are important to remain healthy and effective. It’s important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the dangerous effects of too much heat and sun, such as sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat/sun stroke. It’s important to stay hydrated and cool before you start to feel the effects of excessive sun and heat exposure. If you’re feeling any negative effects from the weather, find some shade immediately, drink water (slowly) and try to cool off.
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With proper planning and preparation, you’ll be ready for any type of weather you encounter in your new home. Be sure to check the installation’s Facebook and Twitter pages and sign up for Ready Alabama alerts to stay on top of anything headed your way while living at Fort Rucker.
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